T is for…tea

I was actually hoping to come up with a cleverer title, but there is no synonym for comfort that begins with the letter “T”. Or for bliss, security, or happiness.

In yesterday’s post, I threatened to ramble on about my love of tea and someone made the possibly big mistake of encouraging it.

I’ve been flexing my haiku muscles lately, so here goes:

Tea is ambrosia
Soul-warming and heart-hugging
My mugs are too small

I have a confession to make that might make you want to take away my writer card: I don’t like caffeine. I can’t handle it. One ounce too much and my heart is racing through my chest and I’m as jittery as if I’m in a full-blown anxiety attack, without all the head spinning.

For me, tea has nothing to do with the morning boost. Instead, at 9:30 every morning, I appreciate the joy of wrapping my usually glacial fingers around a warm mug and having my insides warmed up, too. And nothing usually works better than tea.

It’s a psychological thing, I think. Maybe from watching/reading too much British fiction? Bad day? Start a brew. Family tragedy? Better get the teapot out. World ending? Turn on the kettle. And really, I don’t think there could be better advice.

Everyone needs something to get them through the rough patches, whether it’s the hard part of the work day (the stretch where five minutes feels like two hours, where the work is all dumped on your desk, and your boss just laughs as if it’s all a big joke), getting ready for a stressful meeting, dealing with people you’d rather watch step on LEGO pieces…

Let’s face it: it’s a big, scary world out there, and adulting is hard. We have to make phone calls, for goodness’ sake. Society frowns on security blankets after a certain age, but no one suspects a cup of tea.

So to everyone sitting in the coffee shops reading this over a cuppa, I raise my mug to you. We’ve got this.

 

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4 comments

  1. Heehee, i love it! Actually, i read it while sipping a nice cup of fruity green tea! I am able to have some caffiene (though for years i could not) and do enjoy a morning cup of coffee many mornings. But there i something about tea…i have hooked my daughter too! This morning before school she had an enormous cup of Earl Gray! (Enormous, i tell you! It’s practically the size of a bathtub!) What sorts of tea do you like to drink?

    On Mon, Aug 22, 2016 at 6:53 AM, The Ravens Quill wrote:

    > Krista Walsh posted: “I was actually hoping to come up with a cleverer > title, but there is no synonym for comfort that begins with the letter “T”. > Or for bliss, security, or happiness. In yesterday’s post, I threatened to > ramble on about my love of tea and someone made the po” >

    1. Mmm green tea. It sounds like your daughter has the right idea re: mug size 😉 If a mug can’t hold at least a litre, it’s too small! hehe

      I’m a black tea girl in my day-drinking, but peppermint for the evenings and cold weather (specifically STASH brand. So good)

  2. Chai tea can be quite enjoyable, but nothing beats a good cup of ginger tea, my personal favorite. I don’t generally like fruit-flavored teas, but I will make one exception: the lemongrass tea at the Nokham Thai restaurant on Richmond Road. Tea is definitely a great warm-up-your-insides beverage, but “regular” tea is just not my thing. It’s gotta be herbal!

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